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University of Maryland Medical Center's Prominence Grows Significantly in 2012-2013 U.S. News "Best Hospitals" National Rankings

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Cancer, Diabetes, Nephrology and Urology Programs Surge Into Top 15 - Nine Specialties Recognized

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) gained ground in numerous specialty categories and is once again ranked among the nation's top-rated hospitals, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2012-13 Best Hospitals rankings.  UMMC's cancer center shot up eleven spots to #11 in 2012-13, up from #22 last year.  Diabetes & Endocrinology raised sixteen places to #11 in 2012-13, up from #29 last year.  Nephrology, which includes UMMC's well known kidney transplant center, increased eighteen spots up to #9 in 2012-13 from #27 last year.  Urology jumped twenty-nine places up to #15 in 2012-13 from #44 last year. Top-50 designations were earned in a total of nine specialties.  Other strides came in Cardiology & Heart Surgery, which moved up four spots to #27 in 2012-13. Ear, Nose & Throat moved up 14 spots to #24.  Gynecology (#49) and Neurology & Neurosurgery (#48) both made the top 50, and Pulmonary is ranked #26.  While not ranked in the top 50, UMMC is also recognized by the magazine as high-performing in Gastroenterology, Geriatrics and Orthopaedics.

"The 2012-13 rankings exemplify what we strive for every day -- the advancement of 'medicine on a mission,'" says Jeffrey A. Rivest, president and chief executive officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center.  "Our commitment to providing the best in patient care is unwavering, and making patients' lives better is our most valued reward.  We are honored to see our national prominence rising in the highly-respected U.S. News rankings."

The hospital rankings, says U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow, are like a GPS-type aid to help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges.  "All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care," says Comarow. "They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases."  The complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.

"These new rankings demonstrate the power of partnership between the Medical Center and the School of Medicine, working together to drive great patient outcomes through the application of research and cutting-edge science," says E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., vice president of medical affairs at the University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. All physicians on staff at the Medical Center are faculty physicians of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

The University of Maryland Medical Center is a 779-bed teaching hospital in Baltimore and the flagship institution of the 11-hospital University of Maryland Medical System. As a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, women's and children's health and physical rehabilitation,  patients are referred nationally and regionally for advanced medical, surgical and critical care.  It also has one of the nation's largest kidney transplant programs, as well as scores of other programs that improve the physical and mental health of thousands of people daily.

If you would like more information or would like to speak to someone about the University of Maryland Medical Center and the U.S. News & World Report rankings, please contact me, klancaster@umm.edu or 410-328-8919.

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